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12:40pm Severe Weather Update for this Afternoon

The latest thinking from the National Weather Service folks has not changed much since this morning.  A dryline is expected to push towards the I-35 corridor by early this afternoon eventually bisecting the DFW Metroplex and stretching south/southwest along I-35 to just west of Waco, Temple and Killeen.   Thunderstorms are expected to fire up this afternoon around 4pm-ish along and east of the dryline.  Below are a few high resolution forecast model graphics which show storms initiating pretty much right on top of Dallas county at around 4pm…with additional storms firing up across Collin, Fannin and Hunt counties.  Keep in mind, this is just what a computer thinks, so reality could be slightly different.  But it will give you a good idea as to the favorable locations for storm development this afternoon.  The main threats with any storms that develop will be large hail, dangerous lightning and winds gusting to 50mph or more. Local street flooding could also be an issue under some of the stronger cells.   These storms will also be moving quite fast, so you’ll need to pay special attention to the weather this afternoon and be prepared to seek shelter immediately if a Warning is issued for your location.

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Opinion: Everyone Deserves Weather Warnings Regardless of Their Language

This is an opinion article written by David Reimer. His views may not necessarily represent those of Texas Storm Chasers as a whole and are his own.

For those who don’t know this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week. National Weather Service offices across the state have been sharing statistics about tornado season and more information on how you can be ready for severe weather. Earlier this evening we shared two graphics from the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma related to this special week. Each graphic contained a simulated tornado warning with the expectation that it would be treated as a real one to gauge how much social media played a role in spreading weather information. We shared both graphics on our Facebook page to help spread their message. Each post has been shared and commented on dozens of times. There’s just one big catch, though…one post has positive feedback, while another has some not so positive feedback on it. Can you guess the main difference between the two graphics?

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Can you guess which graphic has generated the negative feedback? I’ll give you a hint: It has something to do with a current political topic in the United States. If you guessed Spanish, you are correct! In fact here are a few comments left on our Facebook post of the spanish warning graphic. Both graphics read nearly the same.

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The graphic generated some positive reviews and some negative reviews. I knew this was going to happen based on the current political climate and opinions on the matter. I’m actually surprised it didn’t devolve into a several hundred comment hate-bashing fight (who knows, that might happen later tonight). Never the less I’m still disappointed to see the behavior of some of those who replied to the thread. I don’t speak Spanish, I don’t understand most Spanish words, and I don’t write in Spanish (I have enough problems just maintaining my English grammar skills thanks to dysgraphia with a little dyslexia mixed in.) That said: Everyone deserves to receive warning of dangerous weather. I don’t care if you speak English, Spanish, German, French,  Japanese, or that language out of the baby cop movie several years back. The fact some think that someone does not deserve a warning during life-threatening weather really makes me mad.

Loyal TSC followers will know we have posted only a few non-English graphics or posts during our entire history. I could count on one hand how many times we’ve done it. Regardless of your belief on the current political issue, no one deserves to go without hearing weather warning just because they don’t speak English. I learned that today at a workshop I attended, and I believe it even more after reading research done on past severe weather events. To suggest otherwise is simply unreasonable and cruel. This issue goes beyond a political debate – it can be life or death. That’s why I am so angry that after one graphic not in English that some folks seem to think they have more right to weather warnings than others simply because of their spoken language.

I am in firm belief that EVERYONE deserves life-saving weather information, NO MATTER THEIR LANGUAGE. As a group serving the general public, we (as the weather community) need to find a way to do that.  We’re not that group and don’t plan on becoming that group. There are dedicated media outlets that provide spanish content and weather coverage in Texas. We won’t be becoming a dual-language page. However, I do reserve the right to occasionally share very important weather information in Spanish in addition to English. Like I said previously, I’ve only done that a handful of times in five years. Hurricanes would be a good example where we might include the Spanish version of a new hurricane advisory below the English version here on the blog when we have a extreme-impact event setting up for the state. The last time we had a extreme-impact hurricane event in Texas was Hurricane Ike in 2008 (before we were around).

What do you think? Share your feedback with me. My email is david_reimer@texasstormchasers.com. I’d love to read your thoughts on the matter (positive or negative).

UPDATE – Winter Storm Warning for Houston and surrounding communities

At 8:15pm, the National Weather Service office for Houston/Galveston upgraded the following counties to a Winter Storm Warning in effect until Noon Tuesday morning:  Harris, Liberty, Polk, San Jacinto and Walker counties.  This includes the cities of Houston, Pasadena, Katy, Tomball, Livingston, Huntsville, Coldspring, Corrigan, Dayton, Humble, Onalaska and Shepherd.  An upper level disturbance moving out of northern Mexico/southern New Mexico this evening is enhancing rain and thunderstorm development ongoing across parts of the south central Texas from San Antonio eastward towards Eagle Lake, Sealy and Bellville just west of the Houston metro area.  This area of rain and embedded thunderstorms is expected to continue to develop and move east overnight with freezing rain beginning as early as 9pm across the counties north and northwest of Houston.  As the temperatures continue to drop across the area overnight, rain will switch over to a freezing rain/sleet mix by early morning with accumulations of up to 1/10th of an inch expected.  This will set the stage for hazardous travel in and around the Houston metro area by rush hour tomorrow morning.  Be sure to check local media before heading out on the roadways tomorrow morning.  If widespread icing conditions exist, don’t travel at all if you don’t have to.  We will continue to provide updates overnight on this developing winter storm, so stay tuned!

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Morning Update – Freezing Rain/Sleet/Snow – Northern Panhandle

This morning folks across the central to northern panhandle can expect widespread freezing rain and sleet which has already begun to change over to snow in a few areas southwest of Amarillo and along the NM border.  Roadways will quickly collect sleet and are expected to become hazardous very quickly.  Here’s a look at one of the latest TXDot traffic camera shots from near Vega.  Easy to see the amount of ice that has already accumulated along the roadway there.

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Accumulating snowfall during the day will only add to the driving “fun”, so please use extreme caution if you’re planning to be out and about today.  If you don’t have to be anywhere, it’s best to just stay put.  We’re already seeing reports of some power outages across the area…mainly around Hereford and just southwest of Amarillo.  While widespread power outages are not likely, if you haven’t lost power yet, I would advise you to charge up your cell phones, put fresh batteries in the flashlights and whatever else you might consider doing to prepare just in case.

The National Weather Service office in Amarillo has set up a special web page for monitoring the latest info regarding this winter weather situation and developing road conditions.  You can access it by clicking the following link.  It’s interactive, so you can enter your zip code and receive the latest forecast, and you can also report what weather is happening in your area as well.

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Here’s a look at the current radar loop for the area.

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Here’s a look at a few forecast graphics for the remaining afternoon and evening.  All snowfall should be exiting the region before midnight tonight.

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Here’s a look at the snow accumulations expected during this evening…

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9:30pm Update – Winter Storm Watch extended into the DFW Metro area

The National Weather Service office in Ft. Worth has placed the following counties in north central Texas under a Winter Storm Watch from Thursday evening through Friday:

Bosque, Collin, Commanche, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Eastland, Erath, Grayson, Hamilton, Hopkins, Hood, Hunt, Denton, Johnson, Mills, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise.  Previously included in the Winter Storm Watch issued earlier today are the counties of Montague, Cook, Young, Jack and Stephens.

A Winter Storm Watch means confidence is increasing that accumulations of ice/sleet/snow could make travel very dangerous.  Rain is expected to begin early Thursday and change over to freezing rain as the temperatures drop below freezing overnight Thursday and into Friday.  Overpasses will be the most impacted, with roadways possibly becoming icy overnight Thursday and into Friday.  Ice accumulations of around 1/4 inch are possible.  The weight of the ice collecting on the branches of trees and power lines could also create their own set of issues with damage from falling limbs and power outages.    While there is still some uncertainty in the forecast for exactly where the freezing line will fall into place across north Texas, the potential does exist for icing conditions across the area.  This will continue to be closely monitored and we’ll bring you the latest updates as soon as we can.

Here’s a graphical summary of the Winter Storm Watches currently in effect across the state.

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